As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Cameron Rupp.
PlayerName: Freddy Galvis
Age: 27 in November
Experience: 322 games
What we saw in 2015
Remember when Freddy Galvis made his big league debut? It was the heady days at the beginning of the 2012 season. The Phils were coming off of five consecutive division titles. He was a young, dynamic defensive force starting in place of an injured Chase Utley.
No one expected Galvis to become an offensive dynamo, but it seemed like he'd bide his time behind Utley an Rollins and help the Phillies continue contending.
Instead, age and injuries wrecked the Phillies' 2012 season. A severe back injury and getting nabbed for PEDs put some knocks in Galvis' reputation and playing time.
Well, Galvis took a step forward last year.
Galvis had a career year, playing 151 games. That was 81 more than his previous high. He also had career highs in batting average (.263), on-base percentage (.303), slugging percentage (.343), home runs (7), stolen bases (10) and every major statistic except doubles.
Thanks to his strong defensive metrics, he ended up with a positive WAR (.04). But he's basically a replacement-level player.
Important goals for 2016
Steady as she goes: Based on his minor league numbers and what we've seen over the course of his full career, it's foolish to expect Galvis to become a much better batter than he was last year. He might not even live up to those numbers. But avoiding a huge drop-off would be great for Galvis and the team. Maintaining that production, and maybe a slight increase in numbers, would be an added bonus. Let's say a .256/.310/.350 line with 5-8 home runs.
Run: Galvis had a sparkling 10-for-11 stolen base record in 2016. No one expects Galvis, who stole 20 bases once in a season in his professional career, to be a 25-30 stolen base guy. However, he can still have an impact on the team by continuing to be opportunistic on the bases.
Barring a major development (Hey, J.P.), it's hard to imagine Freddy Galvis not being the starting shortstop on Opening Day. That said, it's hard to imagine him being the starting shortstop on Sept. 1. Crawford is clearly knocking on the door, but needs a bit more refining. At the latest, barring an injury, Crawford should get a call up for September.
The interesting thing will be finding out whether or not the Phillies end up trading Galvis at the deadline. It's not out of the realm of possibility that a team could come calling for Galvis to boost its roster.